Friday, May 16, 2014
If you didn't appreciate Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on TV are you mentally ill or just immoral?
Sam is gay and so we must all get out the party whistles and celebrate it. And if we don't, there are people who will get in our face and give us earnest lectures running down our moral views in the name of Tolerance and rejecting our views in the name of Diversity.
Oh yeah: And calling us "homophobes."
So in the interest of helping me not get into any more trouble, maybe my readers could give me some advice here.
As we all know, being gay now confers a privileged status on an individual in today's society. So when Michael Sam gets drafted in the NFL, he is not booed or hooted at, he is celebrated.
So my first question is, why is Michael Sam being celebrated? First of all, in order for behavior to be praiseworthy, it must be voluntary. But, we are told, being gay is not voluntary. Gay people are born that way. You have the gay gene or you don't (We must accept this because, despite the fact that no such gene has ever been found, it is claimed by gay rights groups (even though it is rejected by many gay scholars themselves) and that is sufficient to establish it).
So he cannot be praiseworthy for being gay. Is there something else? Maybe Sam is praiseworthy for kissing his boyfriend on national TV. But why is that praiseworthy? Was it daring? Did it require courage to do? Why is it brave to do something that the media is going to fawn over, as it obediently did?
So I'm unclear as to what Michael Sam did that warrants praise in the first place.
Secondly, I'm unclear as to why it is that the people who were turned off by Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend are to be criticized. Michael Levenson at The Wire referred to them as "those homophobes who bristled at the kiss." Why are you a "homophobe" if you think kissing a person (or any number of other more intimate things two same sex people could do) to a person of the same sex is icky? Why don't we give them the same deference we are told we are supposed to give to anyone else who has a different opinion than ours and simply say, "Fine, as long as it works for you."
When calling these people "homophobes" are you issuing a psychological diagnosis? Are you mentally ill if you didn't appreciate Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend? Are people who disagree with the new Politcally Correct regime (like people in the old Soviet Union) to be committed to mental hospitals? Is disagreement now a mental disease? If so, can it be cured? Would electroshock therapy help people appreciate Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend? Perhaps removing the offending brain node from which such Intolerance emanates?
Or maybe you are being immoral if you did not like watching Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend? Is "homophobe" a term of moral opprobrium? If so, what moral standard are you appealing to according to which You Shall Not Think Two People Of The Same Sex Kissing Is Repellent? Is this written on a pair of stone tablets somewhere? From what Mt. Sinai was it brought down?
Surely there are answers to these questions. Otherwise we would be forced to conclude that the people now preaching at us about this issue would be no more than tiresome Politically Correct schoolmarms who really ought to get a life.
And we know that can't be true.